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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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"Sadly, the American dream is dead," Donald Trump said from atop an American flag-filled stage inside his iconic Trump Tower skyscraper in New York City. "But if I get elected president, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again." (Associated Press)

Donald Trump makes 2016 White House bid official, vows to save U.S.

Donald Trump ended years of flirtation and jumped into the presidential campaign Tuesday, casting himself as the ultimate maverick and vowing to use his turnaround-artist powers, honed on his own financial resurrection, to rescue the nation from clueless politicians "selling this country down the drain." Published June 16, 2015

American Renewal Project founder David Lane said he doesn't want to force pastors into politics but is looking for those who feel a calling. "If they are not called to run, we don't want them to run," he said. "We want people to discern whether God is calling them to run. If that happens, we are going to flood grass-roots-level conservatives into the public square."

David Lane's American Renewal Project mobilizing pastors to run for office

The way the Rev. Mike Gonzalez sees it, the United States has turned away from God, and Christianity is under attack. The situation is so dire, Mr. Gonzalez says, that he is considering taking the plunge from the pulpit into the political arena, hoping to return the nation to the "Judeo-Christian values" he says the founders intended. Published June 15, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush waves as he takes the stage as he formally announced he is joining the race for president with a speech, Monday, June 15, 2015, at Miami Dade College in Miami. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Jeb Bush emphasizes economy, not family name, in making 2016 bid official

Vowing to "disrupt" Washington's political culture, Jeb Bush officially entered the Republican presidential race Monday, saying he would focus on economic growth and pursue the same fiscal policies he used as a two-term Florida governor to balance budgets, lower taxes and create jobs. Published June 15, 2015

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Associated Press/File)

GOP 2016 long shots fear missing their Gingrich moment in first debates

Fear is growing among the 2016 GOP presidential candidates that the Republican National Committee's debate criteria could rob them of their chance on stage and the opportunity for a breakthrough moment like the one that propelled Newt Gingrich to a victory in the South Carolina primary in 2012. Published June 11, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks in Manchester, N.H., in this May 10, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

N.H. Republicans urge Fox News, RNC to revise debate rules

Dozens of New Hampshire Republicans are calling on Fox News and the Republican National Committee to rethink limiting the number of candidates in the first televised debate to 10, warning that the criteria being used could eliminate viable candidates and goes against the interest of voters. Published June 10, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Politics and Eggs breakfast meeting at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. Christie is finishing a two-day swing through the nation's earliest presidential primary state as he considers a run for the Republican nomination for president.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

N.J. Supreme Court sides with Chris Christie in pension fight

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie scored a major victory Tuesday in his ongoing battle with public employee unions after the state's top court sided with him in his quest to curb the costs of pension and health benefits. Published June 9, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee addresses attendees during Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on June 2, 2015. (Associated Press)

Mike Huckabee: Crony capitalism stifling 'fair tax'

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday that Congress is reluctant to pass a "fair tax" because lawmakers are in bed with a deep-pocketed "donor class" that is reaping benefits from the current tax code. Published June 2, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, has long been a critic of the Patriot Act's far-reaching surveillance powers and the fight over its reauthorization has helped him carve out a unique space among the 2016 GOP presidential candidates. (Associated Press)

Paul's push against Patriot Act carries risks, rewards

Sen. Rand Paul's high-profile push to scrap the Patriot Act carries both risk and reward for his 2016 presidential prospects, according to GOP analysts, who say that the battle is helping him solidify his libertarian-leaning base, but also could further alienate voters that already have questions about his world view. Published May 31, 2015

The crowded field of Republicans planning presidential bids for 2016 continues to grow as former New York Gov. George Pataki announced his plans Thursday at a town hall in Exeter, New Hampshire to jump into the race. (Associated Press)

Barbs could get ugly in crowded 2016 Republican field

Expect stinging attacks to be the norm as analysts say the 20 or so Republicans planning presidential bids are going to resort to them as they try to carve out space within the crowded field, and try to win attention from primary voters by trying to knock front-running candidates off the top of the hill. Published May 28, 2015